Tuesday, 16 April 2013
Nippon Shaft Pro MODUS3 Series
Nippon Shaft Pro MODUS3 Series
All five Masters contestants who used Nippon Shaft steel shafts in their irons at the 2013 tournament made the cut, with two finishing in the top 10 and four among the top 20.

“Nippon Shaft would like to congratulate the five players in the field who used Nippon Shaft steel shafts in their irons for their outstanding play in the 2013 Masters,” said Hiro Fukuda, head of sales and marketing for Nippon Shaft.  “The fact that these players trusted our products to help them compete at the highest level of the game is extremely gratifying to all of us at Nippon Shaft.”

Finishing in a tie for fourth place was the young Australian, who took a share of the lead on Thursday after shooting a 6-under 66 and hovered around the top of the leaderboard all weekend, finishing at 5-under par on rounds of 66-73-72-72. The 2009 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year utilized the N.S. PRO MODUS³ Tour 130 S flex steel shafts in his irons.

Finishing T-8 was the Spanish star and Ryder Cup hero, who use the N.S. PRO MODUS³ Tour 130 X flex steel shafts in his irons.  He, too, was co-leader after round one, opening with a 66.  He finished at 3-under par 285, shooting 66-76-73-70 on the week.

Tied for 18th was the 37-year-old Swede who used the N.S. PRO MODUS³ Tour 120 X flex steel shafts in his irons to shoot 75-71-73-69—288, an even par total.

Tied for 20th was the 37-year-old Richmond, Ind. native who used the N.S. MODUS³ PROTO ST X flex steel shafts in his irons to record a 1-over total on rounds of 71-74-70-74—289.

Former Masters champion and World Golf Hall of Fame member used the N.S. PRO MODUS³ Tour 120 TX flex steel shafts in his irons.  He shot 72-74-74-72—292, 4-over par for the week.

The N.S. PRO MODUS³ Tour 130 went on sale to the public on Feb. 1 after Nippon Shaft experts spent years traveling with the PGA TOUR getting player feedback and input during the shaft’s development phase.  The other shafts mentioned above also were developed during this process.

Nippon Shaft has been developing shafts specifically for professional and high-level amateur players since 2010.

“The progress Nippon Shaft has made on the PGA TOUR in a relatively brief amount of time is something we’re very proud of and happy about,” Fukuda said.

Nippon Shaft products are available either as stock or custom shafts in many of the world’s top iron brands.

In addition, Nippon Shaft products are available through Shaftology - Nippon Shaft’s dedicated clubfitter network – and through the custom club departments of top club manufacturers.

Nippon Shaft manufactures all of its steel and graphite shafts in a state-of-the-art factory in Komagane, Japan.  The company’s integrated production lines are strictly monitored and controlled with thorough checks conducted responsibly through the entire production process, Fukuda said.  As a result, Nippon Shaft is able to control high product quality – from material selection to final testing.

Nippon Shaft has more than 100 professional victories worldwide.  Based in Yokohama, Japan, Nippon Shaft is the No. 1-selling steel shaft in Asia.  
Nippon Shaft is a privately-held subsidiary of NHK Spring Co. LTD, a Japanese automobile parts manufacturer.  Nippon Shaft's North American headquarters is in Carlsbad.

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